September 2, 2010

In depth: the defensive backfield

As BeaverBlitz moves along with the fall camp wrap-ups, today we take a look at the cornerbacks and safeties that make up the defensive backfield. Perhaps the biggest move of camp is the news of the returning starter, Cameron Collins, being moved from his strong safety spot to outside linebacker.

The move frees up a bit of the logjam that had been created at the safety position. The entire starting secondary returns from last year, it should be viewed as a strong point of the defense.

RIGHT CORNERBACK

BRANDON HARDIN: Hardin took over starting responsibilities mid-way through last season for Tim Clark. Entering his junior season, Hardin is perhaps the biggest corner in the conference at 6'2" 215 pounds. His size will help against some of the bigger receivers in the Pac.

Hardin is not a threat to pick off many passes, but has a good knack for getting a hand on the ball and breaking up the play. Hardin has improved in press coverage.

JORDAN POYER: Poyer is another player that has shifted positions from last year, making the transition from safety to corner. Jordan made a name for himself as a true freshman last season making plays on special teams.



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